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Three Carlin Cars In Top Ten In Red Bull Ring Practice
Posted by: newsla on Aug 01, 2014 - 04:39 PM
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Three Carlin Cars In Top Ten In Red Bull Ring Practice


It was a strong start to the weekend for Carlin’s FIA Formula Three European Championship team as they completed free practice with all three drivers in the top ten. Jake Dennis had been a front runner in both 40 minute sessions around the Red Bull Ring, Austria, and completed Free Practice having set the third quickest time with team mate Jordan King just behind him in fourth overall. Meanwhile Ed Jones was using the session to get back up to speed in what is his Championship return following his injury earlier this season; the UAE based driver was quick to do so and ended the second session as ninth fastest.

 

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As the pit lane opened to mark the start of the two 40 minute practice sessions King was one of the early drivers to beat. He had gone quickest overall and was battling with Tom Blomqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi in the sister Jagonya Ayam with Carlin cars for the top spot.

As the session progressed all three drivers began to work their way through their Free Practice testing programmes ahead of qualifying later this afternoon. On top of this for Jones it offered the perfect opportunity to get back up to speed having missed the previous few rounds through injury; at the end of the first 40 minutes Jones was in 14th overall.

Dennis and King enjoyed a strong start to their campaign setting the second and seventh fastest time respectively before the three Carlin drivers came into the pits for a short five minute break before Free Practice two began.

With the times reset, the drivers had another 40 minutes on track again for the final time before qualifying this afternoon and it was soon clear that this session was to be the faster of the two.

In the early stages it was King and Jones who had moved their Volkswagen powered Dallara cars in to the top ten however Dennis soon joined them to go second overall and after a few more laps the final order was set. With the combined results taken in to consideration Dennis finished in third, King just behind in fourth and Jones in an impressive ninth following his return. The solid result ensures all three cars ended in the top ten as they look ahead to qualifying around the Red Bull Ring later this afternoon.

Dennis said, ‘That was a pretty good session for us and we ended in third overall which is a solid starting base for the weekend. Hopefully the weather stays dry this afternoon for qualifying where the aim is definitely to be in the top five. We’ll keep pushing hard but as a team I think we’re looking good.’

King added, ‘The track was quite green at the start of the session but it was quick to rubber in and while there is always time to find I think we’re looking good here. This circuit doesn’t seem to be quite so tough on tyres so we were able to get a good long run. For this afternoon I’m feeling pretty confident, we know we are fast and can fight for positions – not least because we were fast here last year too.’

Jones said, ‘I’m pleased to be back in the car and in this championship after missing a few races; it’s nice to be back. At the start of the session we were running on old tyres so were off the pace a little however we made good progress throughout. I struggled a little bit with traffic but I think that everyone did so that’s not too much of a problem. There’s still a little speed to find in the final sector but we’re working hard and looking ahead to qualifying.’



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